Cusacks' Leprechaun Dash

Event Date

Sat, Mar 22, 2014


Oak Forest, IL

About This Activity

There is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! With Irish music and decorations, participants will feel like they are running in the emerald green fields of Ireland! Every participant will receive a leprechaun shirt and a goody bag. This race is open to all ages! Baby strollers are allowed on the course but leave your furry creatures at home. They may scary the leprechauns away! 

This year the Michael Cusack Hurling Club will be donating a portion of the race registration fees to a local charity, My Mary Cate.

Mary Cather­ine Lynch was born on Decem­ber 8, 2011 and was quickly diag­nosed with Apert Syn­drome. Apert Syn­drome is a cran­io­fa­cial con­di­tion that affects the head, feet, and hands.  It is a spon­ta­neous genetic muta­tion that occurred at con­cep­tion.  Apert Syn­drome is extremely rare and occurs in only 1 in 160,000 — 200,000 births each year in the US.  It is totally unknown at this point as to what this will mean for Mary Cate’s devel­op­ment.  She could have both phys­i­cal and cog­ni­tive devel­op­ment issues, but the extent of such issues varies case to case and depend on the sever­ity of the syn­drome.  There will cer­tainly be near term surgery for her skull, hands and feet. Mary Cate and her par­ents reside on the South Side of Chicago. For more on Mary Cate and Apert syn­drome, visit

Event details and schedule

This year, the Leprechaun Dash will consist of a 5K run/walk and a 1 mile kid's dash! The course is predominately cross country style where the participates will run a 3.1 mile stretch in a double loop around the grounds of Chicago Gaelic Park. In the final stretch, the racers will run down the beautiful field where the Gaelic Games having been playing in Chicago for the last 30years!

The kid's dash will start at 10:00 am and the 5K run/walk will start at 10:30 am.

After the race, participant can enjoy their pot of gold at the pub! Every participate will receive (1) drink ticket. Both the Kid's Dash and the Leprechaun Dash awards presentation will start after the last runner crosses the finish line. This year our race will be an official time race. Awards will be given to the top overall male & female running and walking finisher. The top overall male & female runner will be excluded from the age group categories medals. Running medals will be given to the top three finishers in each age group. Age groups: under 12, 13 - 19, 20 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, 60 - 69, 70+. Also there will a prize given out for the best dressed leprechaun!

If you know someone who would like to help as a volunteer, please let us know. Email us at Volunteer duties include course marshalls, registration and packet pick up, and water stations.

Package Pick Up Dates and Information:

Friday, March 20, 2015 ~ 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Chicago Gaelic Park

6119 W. 147th Street, Oak Forest, IL

* You can always pick your race goody bag on the day.

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